How To Stay Sober With Vivitrol

Posted by Sara Niemiec on Jul 27, 2018 8:00:00 AM

America's opioid crisis claimed more than 20,000 lives in 2016 alone. The FDA approved drug Vivitrol was created in order to address the growing problem of opioid related overdoses and results have shown that it can be as effective as the popular medication assisted treatment option Suboxone. Vivitrol is an extended release, injectable form of naloxone, an opiate antagonist. It works by blocking the effects of opioids on opioid receptors in the brain for the period of a month, making a high nearly impossible to achieve. Approved in 2010, Vivitrol is the first non-narcotic, non-addictive medication approved for opioid withdrawal.


An infographic showing important steps to take in order to stay sober with vivitrol.

Evaluate Your Treatment Options

Everyone’s road to recovery is different. Depending on your specific circumstances, medication assisted treatment may be the best option to help you get sober. If you find your withdrawal symptoms to be unendurable, or if you face continual cravings and fear you may relapse, Vivitrol or another form of medication could be the answer. Most forms of medication assisted treatment are used either before or after entering a residential treatment center. Vivitrol is used to help achieve long term sobriety after rehab.

Talk to Your Doctor to See if Vivitrol is Right For You

Vivitrol is a non-addictive, once-monthly treatment proven to prevent relapse in opioid dependent patients when used with counseling following detoxification. As an injectable substance, you will require a clinical professional to prescribe and administer the shot. Talk with your doctor to see if Vivitrol could be right for you. Before starting Vivitrol, you must be opioid-free for a minimum of 7-14 days to avoid sudden opioid withdrawal.

Understand the Risks and Symptoms That Can Occur

Vivitrol is a long acting opiate antagonist that effectively blocks the effects of opiates on the human body. For this reason, you will have to be ready to face the onset of withdrawal symptoms that come with opiate withdrawal, such as:


  • anxiety
  • nervousness
  • restlessness
  • weakness
  • headache
  • irritability
  • loss of appetite


Get Sober Through A Detoxification Program

To begin Vivitrol you will need to be sober for a period of 7-10 days. This is the biggest barrier to entry for many recovering addicts to start Vivitrol.

Join a Drug & Alcohol Recovery

The success of Vivitrol is higher for those who combine the medication with some form of structured recovery, such as outpatient rehab and attending ongoing meetings. Vivitrol cannot sure addiction, but it can make the possibility of reaching long term sobriety much more feasible.  


Stay Motivated

Recovery is a never ending process. It is lifelong, and you need constant motivation to stay sober. Utilize recovery songs/poems, friends, and family for constant motivation.

Enjoy Living Life Sober

You are living the life you dreamed! Stay motivated and continue down the road to recovery.


Next Steps

At Landmark Recovery, we believe in holistic treatment that combines leading therapeutic models, long-term recovery programs, and clinically tested medication to give the best possible chances of recovery for our patients. If you are thinking about enrolling in a residential treatment, outpatient, drug and alcohol rehab program, Landmark Recovery can help you get treatment that is affordable and effective.


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